Social workers around the state have been nervously keeping up with SB 150. SB 150 has been widely critiqued by social workers, as it essentially bans gender affirming care for children. This bill will require students in schools to use pronouns and use bathrooms based on their assigned gender. Governor Beshear vetoed this bill in late March, however the Senate quickly voted 29-8 to override the governor's veto. The measure then went to the House for consideration, where lawmakers voted 76-23 to override the veto. SB 150 will go into effect in late June.
This bill is harmful because it directly targets an already marginalized population of Kentuckians and severely restricts and undermines parental choices under the guise of protecting and supporting parental rights. This bill may subject trans and questioning youth to harm in bigotry.
So what should we do now? It is more important now more than ever to be supportive to the entire LGBTQ+ community. This includes being supportive to our friends and family in our personal lives, as well as supporting LGBTQ+ organizations within our communities. If you know any LGBTQ+ organizations in Kentucky, that could use our support, please write them in
There are also several lawsuits filed to challenge SB 150 on the grounds that the bill is unconstitutional. I will be sure to update this blog, if any of those lawsuits come to pass.
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